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Competition: Win ‘Fast & Furious 8’ On Blu-ray™

The No. 1 action film in the world, Fast & Furious 8 goes full-throttle on Digital, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand from today, October 16, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UK), and to celebrate the release, we have three copies of the film to give away on Blu-ray™!

The latest exhilarating installment of the nitro-fueled blockbuster action franchise features a gripping new storyline, the most outrageous collection of vehicles yet, and an all-star cast of fan favorites and series newcomers. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains of the Arctic Barents Sea, the close-knit crew crisscrosses the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing world chaos — and to bring home the man who made them a family. With more than an hour of never-before-seen bonus features and an Extended Director’s Cut, Fast & Furious 8 will be the crowning glory of every fan’s collection.
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Wamg St. Louis Giveaway – Win the The Fate Of The Furious Blu-ray

Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham And Charlize Theron Face Off In The Most Explosive Chapter Yet Of The Action Franchise That Leaves All Others In Its Dust – The Fate Of The Furious – Available On Digital HD On June 27, 2017 And 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD And On Demand On July 11, 2017 With Digital Extended Director’S Cut From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Now lucky St. Louis-area movie geeks can own The Fate Of The Furious Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away (but only to St. Louis-area entrants – all others can go to an earlier contest Here). All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie starring Vin Diesel? (mine is Find Me Guilty !). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O.
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Full Release Details Unleashed For ‘Fast & Furious 8’ Home Release

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have released the full details for the Fast & Furious 8 home release which is planned to hit stores later this year. The film goes full-throttle on Digital on October 2, 2017 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 16, 2017. More Fast and Furious 8 DVD details below.

Fast and Furious 8 DVD, Digital & Blu-Ray details revealed!

The latest exhilarating installment of the nitro-fueled blockbuster action franchise features a gripping new story line, the most outrageous collection of vehicles yet, and an all-star cast of fan favorites and series newcomers. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the close-knit crew criss-crosses the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing world chaos — and to bring home the man who made them a family. With more than an hour of never-before-seen bonus features and an Extended Director’s Cut,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the The Fate Of The Furious Blu-ray

Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham And Charlize Theron Face Off In The Most Explosive Chapter Yet Of The Action Franchise That Leaves All Others In Its Dust – The Fate Of The Furious – Available On Digital HD On June 27, 2017 And 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD And On Demand On July 11, 2017 With Digital Extended Director’S Cut From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Now you can own The Fate Of The Furious Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie in the Fast and the Furiou franchise? (mine is Furious 7!). It’s so easy!

Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.

The #1 action film in the world,
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Watch Now – Max Payne: Retribution Official Fan Film

It’s been nearly a decade since Max Payne fans were left disappointed by the big budget Hollywood adaptation with Mark Wahlberg in the titular role. But if you were left thinking that there would never be a decent Max Payne… Continue Reading →

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Payne and Gain: can a Max Payne fan film beat the 2008 movie?

Padraig Cotter Jun 22, 2017

The Max Payne movie failed to capture the essence of the videogame - but a new fan film is having a go...

The original Max Payne videogame feels like the result of its developers spending a weekend bingeing on The Matrix and various John Woo movies, while taking the occasional break to read some Raymond Chandler novels. It was a stylish, fluid third-person shooter that made heavy use of slow motion and bullet time, with the story being told through graphic novel panels. Max himself was an insanely cool lead character, and the game went on to become a major hit. It spawned two further games – released in 2003 and 2011 respectively – and remains a cult favourite to this day.

It also spawned – like pretty much every successful video game – a movie adaptation in 2008. Mark Wahlberg took on the title role, with Mila Kunis playing Max’s love interest Mona. While the movie made a modest profit it did little to impress critics, with the harshest judgements coming from the fan base itself.

The movie is essentially forgotten now and is on the same video game movie scrapheap that also houses Hitman: Agent 47 and Tekken. On the flipside of the coin is Max Payne: Retribution, a 2017 fan produced short that manages to recreate the unique feel of the game for a fraction of the cost. For the sake of an experiment let’s contrast the two adaptations, and see if passion and creativity are any match for a Hollywood budget and a major star.

Max Payne: Retribution (2017)

This short doesn’t adapt any particular storyline from the series, and instead feels like a mash-up between the original game and its sequel. The story involves Max – still eternally grieving for his murdered family – trying to save Mona Sax from Jack Lupino (played by director Leroy Kincaide), a drug kingpin with a nasty Devil worshipping hobby. It’s a contained story that gradually builds to an epic gunfight in a drug warehouse.

Fan films are often well-meaning and filled with passion, but are let down by a lack of budget, acting talent or filmmaking ability. It’s one thing to get actors and dressed them up like video game characters, but it’s another thing entirely to breathe life into it. Thankfully Max Payne: Retribution manages to bypass a lot of those potential pitfalls, coming across as a sincere tribute to the franchise.

A love for the material is evident in every frame, from the countless Easter eggs (Max drinking Kong whisky, Address Unknown playing on the television etc) to the faithful recreation of the main characters. Actor Joan James Muixi certainly has the look of old school Max and does a good job with the stylised dialogue. Sadly he lacks the gruff authority of original voice actor James McCaffrey, but then again replicating McCaffrey’s distinct sound is near impossible anyway.

The attention to detail of the short is impressive, especially given Retribution’s modest £1500 budget. The budgetary stretch marks are visible in certain sets or effect shots, but what the crew was able to achieve on that amount is impressive. It has a slick cinematic look, from a moody early scene of Max washing his face while bathed in neon to the warehouse finale. This sequence manages to cram in all the classic elements of the game too; slo-mo, duel wielding and even a spot of bullet time, and it’s a nicely choreographed shootout.

Like many fan films it’s not flawless. Some line readings feel off and a few scenes play out a little long, but Retribution remains a stylish ode that understands what made the series so interesting in the first place. That, and the moment Max picks up another handgun and prepares to dive, should be enough to produce a smirk in even the most jaded fan.

Max Payne (2008)

There are certain characters and franchises that are fundamentally aimed at adults, and trying to tone them down for a lower rating usually ends in disaster; think Live Free Or Die Hard or Alien Vs Predator. Max Payne is a game defined by a high bodycount and bloodshed, so the decision to make it a PG-13 movie was already a sign it was walking down the wrong path.

Before I start beating the film with a stick, let’s start with some positives. The film looks gorgeous, making the snowy New York where the story is set look like a beautiful wasteland. Director John Moore may not be a master storyteller but he’s got a great eye, and clearly had a blast shooting this neo-noir flick. The Valkyrie creatures are an odd inclusion, but they again make for a striking visual, which Moore milks whenever possible. The action scenes – when they arrive – are fun, with Max’s drugged out rampage in the finale injecting the glum thriller with a bit of adrenaline.

That’s pretty much it though, with many of the film's issues running deep. A big one is Mark Wahlberg and his characterization of Max. In the game he may be moody, but he also has a glib sense of humour and his inner monologue made him endearing. Here he’s a mopey, humourless git, and Wahlberg plays him with that singular note throughout. Kunis is completely miscast too, utterly failing to come across as a badass assassin. The rest of the cast are a mixed bag, but nobody here is doing their best work.

The game is almost non-stop action, where the movie is a meandering thriller for the most part. It often feels padded out with useless scenes, like Mona visiting a crime boss who has no bearing on the plot or a bizarre cameo by singer Nelly Furtado. There’s a remarkable lack of action in the first half too, and while it’s not half bad when it arrives, the PG-13 rating sands off the harsher edges.

The video game movie genre has a long history of disappointing fans, and while Max Payne is far from the worst, it was still a major letdown. The pervading feeling is nobody really cared about the material; Wahlberg admitted he didn’t play the game and the movie makes bizarre changes to the source. It doesn’t even feature a scene where Max dives through the air with a Beretta in each hand, which is just about the biggest sin of all.

I remember a friend – who is a big Max Payne fan – summarising it best, “Remember that bit in the game where Max walks around for an hour not shooting anyone? Of course not. That would be boring.”

The Winner: Max Payne: Retribution

It may lack a little spit and polish, but the makers of Max Payne: Retribution took a tiny budget and a lot of passion and funnelled it into a stylish adaptation. Fans should definitely seek it out, and it might help ease the payneful (sorry) gap between games. There’s talk of the makers of Retribution being in discussion with Max Payne publisher Take-Two Interactive about developing a TV series based on the short.

On the evidence shown here, that could be something very fun indeed.

Max Payne: Retribution will be available to view on the official YouTube page from June 24th.
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Duke Nukem film is close to moving forward, says Gearbox Software

It’s been twenty years since the possibility of a live-action Duke Nukem movie was first mentioned, and after several failed attempts, it seems that Hollywood is ready to take another crack at bringing the cult video game character to the big screen.

“We’re working on Duke Nukem,” said Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford at E3 (via Dark Horizons). “I can’t announce it, but it’s blown my mind, there’s been a lot of production companies have come at us. We’re putting together a deal right now with a major motion picture studio; I’ll tell you off the record if you want to know. It’s the exact right people that should be doing a Duke Nukem film and we’ll see what happens. It’s unbelievable, I think that’s very likely a thing.”

Plans for a Duke Nukem movie first emerged in the
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2017 Tribeca Film Festival presents the first Tribeca Games Festival

Now in it’s sixteenth year, the Tribeca Film Festival has been a staple in the film community, contributing to some of film’s finest filmmakers and ideas. In keeping with the festival’s mission to bring about new modes of storytelling, this year’s festival will include the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival, allowing audiences to experience what happens behind the scenes in the world’s most popular medium.

Taking place April 19th to April 30th, the Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in response to the September 11 attacks in New York City. Over the years, the festival has come to feature events prominent in New York as well as supporting many New York ventures, with the ultimate goal of bringing together up and coming storytellers into the spotlight.

In this way, the Tribeca Games Festival seems like a no-brainer. Taking
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Horror Highlights: Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls, The Recall, Deep Shock, Tribeca Games Festival

Scott McCall (as a human and as his wild werewolf self) and best bud Stiles have their very own Funko Pop! figures now. Collect whichever vinyl figure tickles your fancy this spring! Also in today's Highlights: Wesley Snipes reveals The Recall's release date at CinemaCon 2017, a look at the teaser trailer for Deep Shock, and the Tribeca Games Festival announcement.

Photos & Release Details for Funko's Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: “Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl!

Bitten the night before starting sophomore year of high school, Scott is now a True Alpha werewolf! Collect Scott in his human form, or as a werewolf!

Add them to your collection this spring!

Coming in May!”

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The Recall Premiere Date Announced at CinemaCon 2017: Press Release: "Announced today by star Wesley Snipes at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Minds Eye Entertainment’s sci-fi
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Second Opinion – I.T. (2016)

I.T., 2016.

Directed by John Moore.

Starring Pierce Brosnan, James Frecheville, Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott, and Michael Nyqvist.

Synopsis:

A wealthy tycoon finds his life has been taken over by an It consultant. He, his family and his home are under attack from all the technology that they take for granted.

It’s surprising that “from one of the writers of Terminator 2: Judgement Day” wasn’t plastered all over the marketing for Pierce Brosnan’s latest low-rent thriller romp, because William Wisher Jr.’s involvement is just about the only remotely promising thing this film has going for it. Then you remember T2 was 25 years ago and Wisher has since written Sylvester Stallone’s Judge Dredd and two Exorcist prequels nobody asked for. I.T., arriving amid little enthusiasm or reason to exist, is like-minded company.

Aviation mogul Mike Regan (Brosnan) is on the eve of taking his company public and
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Competition: Win an ‘I.T.’ iTunes download code

From director John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne) and starring an award-winning cast, including Golden Globe nominated Pierce Brosnan (James Bond, No Escape) and Anna Friel (Limitless, London Boulevard) as well as Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3) and James Frecheville (The Drop, Animal Kingdom), I.T. will be released in selected UK cinemas on 10th March 2017.

Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, Rose (Anna Friel) a beautiful teenage daughter, Kaitlyn (Stefanie Scott) and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (James Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life. In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the click of a mouse, Mike needs
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Win a digital download of I.T. starring Pierce Brosnan

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Competitions

To mark the release of I.T. starring Pierce Brosnan on 10th March, we’ve been given 5 iTunes codes to download a digital copy of the film.

From director John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne) and starring an award-winning cast, including Golden Globe nominated Pierce Brosnan (James Bond, No Escape) and Anna Friel (Limitless, London Boulevard) as well as Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3) and James Frecheville (The Drop, Animal Kingdom), I.T. will be released in selected UK cinemas on 10th March 2017. I.T. will also be available for digital download from 10th March.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 16th March 2017 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from entries received No cash alternative is available

The usual T&Cs can be found here.
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Exclusive clip from Pierce Brosnan thriller ‘I.T.’

From director John Moore (A Good Day to Die Hard, Max Payne) and starring an award-winning cast, including Golden Globe nominated Pierce Brosnan (James Bond, No Escape) and Anna Friel (Limitless, London Boulevard) as well as Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3) and James Frecheville (The Drop, Animal Kingdom), I.T. will be released in selected UK cinemas on 10th March 2017.

Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, Rose (Anna Friel) a beautiful teenage daughter, Kaitlyn (Stefanie Scott) and a sleek, state-of-the-art smart home. But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (James Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life. In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the click of a mouse, Mike needs
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The 12 Mark Wahlberg films where he holds a gun on the poster

Jake Wilson Feb 28, 2017

From The Big Hit to Patriots Day, we explore Mark Wahlberg's dozen films where he holds a gun on the promo poster....

Mark Wahlberg is a man of many talents. His rhymes are fresh, his frown is legendary, and it turns out he’s pretty decent in a bout of fisticuffs.

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And then there's his acting. He has been in a wealth of films, usually fighting for, or alongside, the American flag. He's a gun-toting ass-kicker, and the world seems to dig it.

This is his game, his brand. Wahlberg moves between moral, no-nonsense cop and powerful, maverick law breaker and whilst he doesn’t always play armed characters, it is through these films that we can see the strands that
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Interview: Joe Carnahan talks adapting Uncharted for the big screen and his excitement for Bad Boys 3

Luke Owen speaks with Bad Boys 3 director and Uncharted writer Joe Carnahan

Organising time with Joe Carnahan was harder than both of us had intended. Both parties were excited to talk, but time differences, bad mobile connections and Carnahan’s insane schedule caused some minor delays. Not only is Carnahan prepping to direct Bad Boys 3 (titled Bad Boys For Life), which sees Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return to their roles, he’s also writing the script for the Uncharted movie adaptation while his script for the Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis is also in pre-production. He’s a busy man, but he likes it that way.

Although his excitement for Bad Boys For Life shines through, he’s very eager to talk about his script for Uncharted – the big screen adaptation of the popular video game franchise which has been in development for quite some time.
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Review: I.T.

  • JoBlo
Plot: An air transport tycoon (Pierce Brosnan) has his world turned upside-down by a psychotic I.T. consultant (James Frecheville). Review: I can’t say I expected all that much from Pierce Brosnan’s latest vehicle, I.T. The trailers seemed pretty goofy, positioning this as a kind of ‘Mr. Robot’ vs Taken, and I was especially wary of John Moore directing in the wake of Max Payne... Read More...
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‘I.T.’ Exclusive Clip: Pierce Brosnan Never Loses His Cool In New Action Thriller

  • Indiewire
‘I.T.’ Exclusive Clip: Pierce Brosnan Never Loses His Cool In New Action Thriller
Actor Pierce Brosnan has had a busy year so far. He previously starred in the dark thriller “Urge” as a mysterious nightclub owner who introduces his friends to a new designer drug and drags them into a deadly trap. Now, he stars in another action thriller “I.T.” as Mike Regan, a successful, self-made man with a state-of-the-art “smart home,” but when his I.T. consultant Ed (James Frecheville) starts stalking his daughter and threatening his entire life, he’s drawn into a complex cat-and-mouse game where the normal rules don’t apply. The film also stars Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”), Stefanie Scott (“Flipped”), and Michael Nyqvist (“John Wick”). Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: Pierce Brosnan Says ‘Spectre’ Story Was “Weak” And The Movie Was “Too Long”

The film is directed by John Moore. He previously directed “Behind Enemy Lines,” starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman, the remake of “The Omen,
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Pierce Brosnan Needs Tech Support in John Moore’s I.T.

Not to be confused with Andy Muschietti’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It, Max Payne director John Moore’s I.T. thrusts acclaimed actor Pierce Brosnan inside the perilous world of smart houses. Everything’s fine and dandy, of course, until an I.T.… Continue Reading →

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Rlj Entertainment snaps up 'It'

  • ScreenDaily
The company has acquired Us distribution rights from Voltage Pictures to the Pierce Brosnan thriller.

John Moore, an action-thriller veteran whose credits include Good Day To Die Hard and Max Payne, directed It from a screenplay by Dan Kay and William Wisher Jr.

Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott and James Frecheville round out the key cast on the story about a self-made man who fights back when his life and family are threatened by an It consultant.

Rlje (Rlj Entertainment) plans a September theatrical and VOD launch. Voltage handles international sales.

David T. Friendly produced It with Brosnan’s business partner Beau St. Clair, Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier and Craig J. Flores.

Brosnan serves as executive producer alongside Dominic Rustam, Frank Hildebrand, Elika Portnoy and Valentina Gardani.
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Cannes: John Moore Tapped to Direct ‘N.O.C.’

Irish helmer John Moore is attached to direct upcoming C.I.A. action-thriller “N.O.C.,” which Radiant Films International and Cargo Entertainment is shopping to buyers on the Croisette this year.

Penned by Dave Matalon and Daniel Scott Gordon, “N.O.C” follows Alek, a C.I.A. deep undercover operative who discovers that a faction of the agency is actively collaborating with the terrorist cell he was sent to infiltrate. Stuck in a hospital in Berlin with the help of Corinne, the Emt who saved his life, Alek must evade both the agency and the terrorists, if he wants to bring the evidence of the unsanctioned special op to the people he thinks he can trust.

Gabriela Bacher will produce for Summerstorm Entertainment, a subsidiary of Film House Germany, alongside Vandal Entertainment’s Navid Mcllhargey and Cargo Entertainment’s Marina Grassic. Moore, Peter Veverka, Christian Angermayer and Clemens Hallmann will exec produce.
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